Warning - This article contains major spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 2.
The first episode of Season 2 of The Mandalorian was packed with many Easter Eggs and references to the Star Wars Universe, ranging from Cobb Vanth's podracer-esque speeder to the appearance of creatures seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
To date, The Mandalorian has been a masterclass in how to balance new storytelling with fan service. But Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni aren't limiting themselves to referencing Star Wars canon strictly loved by fans.
In the Season 2 premiere titled "Chapter 9: The Marshal," small creatures known as Scurriers were seen when Mando first arrived at Mos Pelgo.
These desert creatures are native to Tatooine and were first introduced in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Special Edition that first debuted in 1997.
The somewhat "infamous" Special Editions introduced new special effects and short computer-animated scenes, including footage of these Scurriers, to the original Star Wars. This was also the introduction of altered scenes, including Han and Greedo's cantina standoff resulting in the well-known "Han shot first" controversy.
The Scurrier creatures then made an appearance in Attack of the Clones and later in Star Wars Battlefront II before reappearing now in The Mandalorian.
WHAT THIS MEANS
For years, fans have lamented how disjointed the Skywalker Saga both looks and feels. Now, with The Mandalorian including creatures and elements from various mediums and time periods in the Star Wars Universe, Star Wars lore is becoming a little more united and cohesive in live-action.
These little Easter Eggs are also fun for the fans while handled in such a way as not to distract from the story that's being told; and due to the number of references in "The Marshal," it looks like this tradition of callbacks is now part of the fabric of The Mandalorian.